19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  17​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
Jaco
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
Toronto

1
day
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route planner .

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 17-hour flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca hover around 30°C and lows are around 30°C. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Cahuita
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2
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
On the 4th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Arenal and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio route builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

5
days
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Explore Drake Bay's surroundings by going to Piedras Blancas National Park (in Golfito), Corcovado National Park (in Carate) and Puerto Jimenez (Jagua Arts and Crafts, Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, & more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 10th (Tue) at Cano Island. Spend the 12th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Drake Bay road trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

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Puerto Jimenez, Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Piedras Blancas National Park ©
Piedras Blancas National Park

2
days
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, get interesting insight from Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uvita journey planning site .

You can drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

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Dominical
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
days
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 16th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach, then get outside with Peak Training Center, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park and then stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco online tour itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Carara National Park
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Peak Training Center ©
Peak Training Center

2
days
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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